HomeNational

Mr. Big suspect will likely go free: lawyer

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jul 31, 2014 - 3:04 PM |
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - One of the lawyers for a Newfoundland man convicted of drowning his twin daughters after a so-called Mr. Big sting says he expects his client will go free.

Jamie Merrigan says that without the confession wrought from the police tactic he doubts there's enough evidence for another trial.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Nelson Hart's confession during the sting operation cannot be used against him should he face another trial.

Crown prosecutor Frances Knickle (kah-NICK'-al) and provincial Attorney General Felix Collins declined comment while reviewing the top court judgment.

Merrigan says Hart, who had limited education and low income, was an especially vulnerable target for such an aggressive police sting.

The Mr. Big technique involves luring suspects into fake criminal gangs in order to extract confessions to past crimes.

Hart was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2002 drowning deaths of his three-year-old twins in Gander Lake.

Reader's Feedback

NorthernLife.ca may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of NorthernLife.ca. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that NorthernLife.ca has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to NorthernLife.ca to report any objectionable content by using the "report abuse" link found in the comments section of this web site. Comment Guidelines


comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

Local Business Directory